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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

October 25, 2017

JT Thoms, director of strategic partnerships at Growing Leaders, speaks at a convocation at College of the Ozarks

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POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — JT Thoms, director of strategic partnerships at Growing Leaders, spoke at College of the Ozarks on Oct. 23 at a vocational convocation.

JT Thoms is a millennial voice who specializes in helping organizations develop leadership habits in young adults. He has served the NFL, Coca-Cola, the Southeastern Conference, the San Francisco Giants, the New York Giants, Georgia Technical Institute, the Ohio State Athletics Department, the City of Greeley, Colorado and more.

“Who you are is more important than what you do,” Thoms said. “Leadership is not about manipulation but about finding out who people are and who you are in order to lead them.

“Your leadership potential is like an iceberg. The 10 percent above water is your skill. The 90 percent below water is your character,” Thoms said. “Character is doing what you don’t want to do to get to where you know you need to be.”

“Thoms’ energy and friendliness was persuasive. His topic was applicable to my life, as I am at the point of figuring out who I am,” said Zane Buhr, a junior psychology and business administration double major.

“His enthusiastic and humble spirit strengthened my motivation for leadership,” said Johnny Cummings, a sophomore public relations major.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Best Value Regional College in the Midwest and No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2018. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center—the College’s award-winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility—was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2017. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


10.25.17 – Tara McCloskey



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